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LESSON #65 – CHECK IN

It never fails.

I have not been feeling my 100%. I caught whatever it is from a little girl named Lucy or, perhaps, Lenox. Both are my Granddaughters. Both had runny noses this past Sunday. One had an ear infection.

Truly, I don’t understand how a Grandmother can catch anything from a four-year-old or a 19-month-old. They are pint size! How does that happen exactly?

I am getting away from what I want to write about. Let me take a bit of a right turn.

Since I did catch that ‘something’, I went to my Doctor. What is the very first thing the nurse asks you to do when checking in at the office? Ladies? You know!!

Yep…“Let me get your weight” she says. “Really?” I say. “Why?” I say. the nurse mumbles with something like “I know…..blah hard blah”.

NOOOOOOOOOO she does not know! I am coming to the office to see the Doctor. I already feel quite lousy. My throat hurts, my ear hurts, I have absolutely no make-up on and my hair is dirty and should be brushed. I threw on a sweatshirt and jeans and I barely drove myself to the Doc’s office without hitting a rest area. We should not have to endure at our age.

They feel it absolutely necessary to take your weight. I get why they take your blood pressure (to see if you are near death) and a temperature. I get that part. The degradation of getting on the scale during the holiday season? What nerve! Getting on the scale during any visit is mind-blowing.

What difference does your weight make when you are feeling so sick? Does the Doctor say, “Well, I see you have gained five pounds since Thanksgiving. That must be the reason you are not feeling well!! Here is a prescription. Go in peace.” Nope. Doesn’t say that. I am sure he doesn’t even look at your weight.

Same during your yearly physical. If you have lost weight, does the Doctor say anything about that wonderful news? NO! Not even a comment to boost your self-esteem. No balloons no nothing. Thanks Doc. YOU go in peace.

It’s just anti-everything, insensitive, noncaring, and should be against the Doctor code…you know that oath they live by. It should be added, “I will not take the weight of my patients unless I believe weight may be part of my diagnoses.” Easy enough.

I am here to tell you we may decline being ridiculed on the scale. We can say, “No, I don’t want to get on the scale” There is pretty much nothing the nurse can do about it. She may say she “must get your weight” but we can straighten up and boldly say “Nope, not today”! This is truly liberating. She may say, “I will make a note you refused to get on the scale”. Go right ahead sweetheart. I have many files that say, “Difficult” on them written by nurse or Doc. So it goes.

If they just give me one (not true…two) good reasons why they need my weight, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, I will agree. Otherwise, NO. Hear me Docs? NO NO NO.

I want to keep my joyful Christmas spirit. I want to taste all the goodies and drink all the goodies and I do not want to pay that damn piper at the end of the holiday season.

So I say. GO FORTH. EAT AND DRINK and stay in the Christmas indulging spirit!

Say “NO” to you know who. You will feel much better for it.

Merry Christmas!

Leigh

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LESSON #64 – A VERY MOVIE CHRISTMAS

I’m hooked! It’s a bit embarrassing but there it is. The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem

My husband has even gotten into the spirit. Amen to that since I just can’t stay away! I’ve been monopolizing the TV.

Those damn Hallmark Christmas movies! Love ‘em but so addicting.  Never seen one? In a nutshell:

Girl goes back to hometown from her home in NYC/Chicago/Anywhere to see/help her parent/parents with a ‘problem’. Wait! She just learned before leaving that she is up for a promotion/a new job/something she worked for her whole life! The anticipation kills me! She flies home to a wintry wonderland small town USA. Breathtaking snow covered mountains. Main Street all decorated. I soo want to live there. Here comes her first love who still lives in the hometown. Single/divorced/widower and very handsome. They fall back in love in a short two-day window.  She does get that job/offer/etc and has to decide on man or job. What a problem to have. Can’t have both. The fella wins each and every time! They kiss. Roll the credits! THE END!  How good is this?

Romance, gorgeous scenery, twinkling lights, beautiful girl, handsome man and the true spirit of Christmas. LOVE. Family, old and new friends who surround us at Christmas.  We all slow down and reminisce. All of the wonderful memories of Christmases past and loved ones that are no longer with us.  The thankfulness for the gift the Lord has given to us all.  

Hurry! Grab the happiness the season of Christmas brings with it. “Soon it will be Christmas Day”!

Hug your loved ones and friends and be thankful. Eat, drink and be Merry. I’m wishing for ‘A White Christmas’!

Oooooooh a Christmas movie is about to begin…”Christmas Memories”…..it’s gotta be a good one!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Leigh

(*WHITE CHRISTMAS with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, 1954)

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